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2017-2018 Youth Scholarships Recipients Announced

https://juniors.ssa.org/2018/03/07/2017-2018-youth-scholarships-recipients-announced/ 

After a record-setting 37 applications, the Youth/Junior Scholarship Committee had a very difficult job to select this year's recipients from a pool of excellent candidates. The committee would like to congratulate the following for this year:

SSA Dennis Purduski Flight Training Scholarship

Pre-solo, ages 13-19, $1250 initially + $750 after solo

  • Booker Atkins
  • Rachel Rosenzweig
  • Cameron Kemppainen

Costello Insurance Primary Training Youth Scholarship

Pre or post-solo, ages 14-22, $1250 initially + $750 after solo/written

  • Joelle Sherbeck
  • Walter W. Young III

 SSA Flight Training Scholarship

Pre or post-solo, ages 13-22, $1250 initially + $750 after solo/written

Funded this year by Richard Maleady, Phil Umphres, John Godfrey, and Hank Nixon

  • Josh Zschiesche
  • Chloe Williams
  • Victoria Ervin

Bultman Youth Flight Scholarship

Post-solo, ages 14-22, $1000 for advanced training

  • Robert Estagin
  • Griffin Schwarz

If you weren't selected, don't be discouraged - there are more scholarships for this year! Keep an eye on the SSA Cadet Scholarships page (http://www.ssa.org/Youth?show=blog&id=2388) for the 2018 application.

 

 

Posted: 3/7/2018


SSA Paper Gliders

The SSA was asked by the FAA about what we had for youth.  Apart from our Cadet Intro membership and scholarships, we were a bit stymied.  The SSA Youth Committee secured permission to use a couple of designs for paper gliders, embellished with SSA logos and links, for use in promotion and education about gliders and soaring flight.  These design plans are available for download in PDF format.  It does require printing the parts sheets on card stock.  These are simple, yet not trivial, designs and will require some time and effort to complete, but they do fly well.  We encourage making them available locally for use at aviation events and when introducing youth to soaring.

 

These can be used for demonstration, learning, and for friendly competition.  You may download the plans and instructions at the links below.

Photo #10830 | SSA Primary Paper Gl

 

 

For ages 10 and over, the SSA Primary Glider is recommended as it has a less complex wing and is a bit quicker build.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #10831 | SSA Cadet Paper Glid

 

 

For ages 12 and over, the SSA Cadet Glider expands on the design and flight performance.

 

 

 

 

Have fun!

Posted: 12/30/2017


Costello Insurance Primary Training Youth Scholarship

Photo #14079 | Costello Insurance A

Pat Costello, of Phoenix, AZ, is the owner of Costello Insurance Associates, Inc., which is the largest writer of glider insurance in the United States.  Pat is well known to most SSA members as the administrator of SSA’s group hull and liability insurance program, a service he has provided to SSA since 1984.  During his administration of the program Pat has been a tireless advocate for SSA with the insurance carrier, advocating for a number of enhancements and benefits to the SSA insurance program

Photo #14253 | Costello and Glider KidsPat is a lifelong pilot with over 4,000 hours in the cockpit.  He maintains a commercial license with multi engine, instrument and flight instructor ratings.  He is an occasional glider pilot and has introduced his grandchildren to glider flying in the hopes of encouraging the next generation of pilots.

For a number of years, Pat has been a financial supporter of the Soaring Safety Foundation.  Pat’s current pledge of an annual gift of $4,000 from Costello Insurance is intended to fund primary training of youth toward private pilot glider ratings.

Award (up to 2):  Up to $2000 in SSA credit for direct flight training expenses.  $1250 will be available initially.  The remaining $750 will be available following both solo AND successful completion of the FAA Knowledge Test.  Detailed invoices of flight training expenses must be invoiced to the SSA for payment to the servicing organization.  No expenses will be paid two years after the date the award announcement or beyond the 23th birthday.

Pre-/Post-solo SSA members STUDENT pilots 14 - 22 years old may apply.  Applicants must express both desire and a plan for success and if under 18, must have parent/guardian support for participation.  Applicants must make a good case through a personal statment, in the form of an essay, and letters of recommendation supporting their interest and desire in learning to fly gliders, their financial need, and their promise in other aspects of life.  The flight training organization must be willing to cooperate on the reimbursement process.

Promotion and fulfillment of the program are a cooperation between SSA, which administers and judges the scholarship, and local soaring chapters, clubs, and schools, who get reimbursement for their qualified charges; tows, glider rental, instructional costs, and costs of successful exams.  Funds are not available for dues, joining fees, or other non-training costs.

Awards will be announced at the SSA Annual General Meeting or SSA Convention.

Application Form.

Though not required, please send USJuniorSoaring@gmail.com an email stating your name and your intent to apply.

Applications may be submitted by mail (postmarked no later than December 31st) or e-mail (dated no later than December 31st.)  See application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Posted: 11/9/2017


SSA Dennis Purduski Flight Training Scholarship

Photo #14078 | Dennis Purduski with

Annual award of up to $2000 for flight training expenses.  Application deadline is December 31st.

Dennis Purduski, of Brandon, MS, was an SSA member and CFIG who trained numerous young pilots to fly.  His passion for aviation was wide reaching; in addition to being an active glider instructor he was also well known as an RC modeler and pilot; he was a past USA World Team Manager for RC helicopter competition.  Dennis flew gliders with the Central Mississippi Soaring Society where he was an active instructor at the time of his death in 2016 from natural causes. Dennis was passionate about aviation of all types, but soaring in particular.  Dennis particularly enjoyed instructing young students.  He saw soaring as a low-cost way to introduce people to aviation. When Dennis passed away he left his entire estate to a trust that funds two beneficiaries; an aviation scholarship at Kansas University and the SSA to fund training for persons under 20 years of age to fly solo in gliders.

Pre-Solo SSA members 13 - 19 years old may apply.  Applicants must express both desire and a plan for success and if under 18, must have parent/guardian involvement for participation.  Applicants must make a good case through a personal statment, in the form of an essay, and letters of recommendation supporting their interest and desire in learning to fly gliders, their financial need, and their promise in other aspects of life.  The flight training organization must be willing to cooperate on the reimbursement process.

Promotion and fulfillment of the program are a cooperation between SSA, which administers and judges the scholarship, and local soaring chapters, clubs, and schools, who get reimbursement for their qualified charges; tows, glider rental, instructional costs, and costs of successful exams.  Funds are not available for dues, joining fees, or other non-training costs.

Awards will be announced at the SSA Annual General Meeting or SSA Convention in alternate years.

Award (up to 4):  Up to $2000 in SSA credit for direct flight training expenses.  Detailed invoices of flight training expenses must be invoiced to the SSA for payment to the servicing organization.  No expenses will be paid two years after the date the award announcement.

Rules.

Application Form.

Though not required, please send USJuniorSoaring@gmail.com an email stating your name and your intent to apply.

Applications may be submitted by mail (postmarked no later than December 31st) or e-mail (dated no later than December 31st.)  See application.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Posted: 9/24/2017


Bultman Youth Flight Scholarship

Soaring Society of America's boost into advanced soaring for young ground crew. 

Annual award of up to $1000 for soaring pilots.  Application deadline is December 31st.

Photo #7037 | Bultman Winner SkyThis is a "worker" award for a young soaring pilot who has made impressive contributions to a USA soaring Club or School. Someone who may be too financially strapped to buy tows for personal recreation or personal progress in the sport.

This award is intended to finance post-solo soaring by SSA members aged 14-22. This includes activities such as chasing badges, attending wave and cross country camps, entering contests, and flight training.

Winners of this annual scholarship are selected from young soaring-pilot and SSA member applicants who are of great service at a USA gliderport, and who make a good case via an applicant's statement and letters of recommendation for their desire to progress in soaring, their financial need, and promise in other aspects of life.

Promotion of the program is a cooperation between SSA, which administers and judges the scholarship, and local soaring clubs and schools, who get credit for their charges. Also, they may well perform advanced training of the winner or collect fees for aircraft rental or services. When one of their ground-crew gang wins, they win.

The sponsors of this program, from throughout the USA soaring community, hope the scholarship will help a few more young people make the transition from basic glider flying to sport soaring. In the process, the word can grow that excellence as a soaring pilot need not require advanced age or a large bank account. Most importantly, this is a "thank you" to young ground-crew workers on whom the sport depends so much.

RULES for the BULTMAN Scholarship Contest

  • OPEN TO AGES 14-22, inclusive, as of December 31st. (A reasonable overlap of the limits of "school age", SSA Youth membership, and FAA regulations)

  • OPEN TO SOARING PILOTS: Flying experience of at least FAA Student Certificate (solo pilot) in sailplanes (Soaring starts where basic glider flying leaves off)

  • OPEN TO SSA MEMBERS: Folks who have shown a commitment to the USA soaring community and are ready to work up the SSA/FAI badge system. (The Soaring Society of America is the USA governing body for the sport of soaring in sailplanes)

  • FIRST PRIZE (up to 2): Up to $1000 in credit available from the SSA for approved expenses. (The prize must be used for soaring activities: ship rental, badge attempts, contest entry fees, or instruction, not college expenses)

  • SECOND PRIZE (up to 3): On occasion, a close runner-up may be recognized with textbooks or T-shirts and encouraged to apply again.

  • ENTRY DEADLINE is December 31st. Awards will be announced at the SSA Convention or Annual General Meeting.

  • JUDGING will be by the "Bultman Scholarship" Committee within the SSA Youth Committee. (The number of prizes awarded may vary based on entries received)

  • APPLICATION is to include a STATEMENT, in the form of an essay, detailing the applicant's experience with and goals for future soaring. (Reference to specific ship checkouts, camps, contests... is highly recommended. Care should be taken to document all soaring participation--ground or air--and financial need).  Also, one or more RECOMMENDATIONS are needed from Club Officers, Flight Instructors or other mentors (Care should be taken to document the quality and quantity of the applicant's service to a Club or School)

  • COMPLETED APPLICATIONS must be witnessed by a member of a soaring club or gliderport staff, and sent to:

BULTMAN Youth Flight Scholarship
Soaring Society of America
PO Box 2100
Hobbs, NM 88241-2100

Application Form

Applications may be submitted by mail (postmarked no later than December 31st) or e-mail (dated no later than December 31st.)  See application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please consider supporting the Bultman Youth Flight Scholarship program and our young soaring pilots through a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to SSA/Bultman at the SSA office, or online at Bultman Fund.  Thank you.

Posted: 9/24/2017


SSA Youth and Junior News April 2016

The SSA Youth and Junior Newsletter for April 2016 has been e-mailed.  Not all youth and juniors have an e-mail listed with the SSA.  PDF copies are available online

Posted: 4/17/2016


2014 SSA Bultman Youth Flight Scholarship Awardees

The 2014 SSA Bultman Youth Flight Scholarships awardees are:

Brandon Schultz, 15, Adrian Soaring Club,

and

Preston Wallace, 18, Sandhill Soaring Club

Congratulations from the SSA Youth Committee

Posted: 8/5/2014


2013 SSA Bultman Youth Flight Scholarships

Congratulations to Bridget Murphy, Harris Hill Soaring Corporation, and Nate Simon, Sandhill Soaring Club, our 2013 award recipients.

Posted: 7/23/2013


2012 SSA Kolstad Scholarship Grant Awarded

Daniel Sazhin, 18, of Brooklyn, NY, is the 2012 SSA Kolstad Scholarship Grant winner.  Daniel is a member of Aero Club Albatross and an avid online Condor Soaring racer.  Daniel has set NY state soaring records and competed in the 1-26 Association Championships.  He hopes to compete in the 2013 1-26 Association Championships also.  The 2013 grant is for $5,000. 

Posted: 12/15/2012


Kolstad Committee Announces a Century 500 and Century 1000

A few Weeks ago, an Air Force Academy cadet emailed the SSA to see if he was able to apply for the Kolstad Century Award as he would be 21 before the Sept 30 date, as specified currently in the rules on the SSA website. The committee felt that he should be awarded the Century 300 because he was eligible (under 21 years old) when he made the flight. The website has been updated to suggest that anyone under the age of 21 when the flight was completed is eligible to receive the Award.

Because of his flight, the committee also felt another update was required. When the Award was designed in 1967, the sailplanes, the technology, and the economy were such that we didn't figure that the young soaring pilot would be doing 500 km flights. That (thankfully) is no longer true. We now have a Century V (for the 500 km) and a Century X (for 1000 km) flights! A patch, pin and certificate are now available for the Century V awards!

The rule for the Kolstad Youth College Scholarship regarding age has not changed. Itis open to pilots aged 14 through 20 inclusive.

Posted: 8/22/2012